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bluecrow 06-08-2012 06:50 PM

36" Pompeii build in NY
 
I am pouring a 55" x 66" hearth on this new build tomorrow.

The plan is for a 36" Pompeii with 2" of FB board under the floor. I have read hundreds of threads and expect to build the dome on top of the floor. The potential of cracks due to the expanding floor worry me a bit.

Thanks to all for taking the time to generously log your efforts.

Don

bluecrow 06-17-2012 01:40 AM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
The hearth is curing. I'll post pics soon.

Is the purpose of the flared landing ease-of-access, or increased air flow?

I'm playing with brick layouts. Building two different sized arches and mating them will be a little (a lot ?) tougher than two identical arches.

Don

vtsteve 06-17-2012 11:33 AM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
It's just for access, and more useful if you have a large oven with a deep entry - it gives you more room to swing a peel/shovel/brush handle to reach around the edge near the mouth. A tapered entry also makes it easier to fit a thick, insulated door into the opening.

Neil2 06-17-2012 12:43 PM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
"Is the purpose of the flared landing ease-of-access, or increased air flow?"

As Steve says, it is primarily a benefit for physical access and for visual access.

I have a aluminum door with "wings" bent at the same angle as the flare. Not only does this produce an easy fit, but the wings make the door free standing.

bluecrow 06-18-2012 07:36 AM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
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Thank you for the replies. Now I have another door idea to consider too!

I will flare the landing. I have an idea for the geometry of the entry.

I'm working on the FB Board and floor setting now.

Don

bluecrow 06-21-2012 07:26 AM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
Hi,

I am laying out the foorbricks and am taking care not to scratch them.
They seem softer than I expected. Does heat harden them or increase durability?

Don

Neil2 06-22-2012 03:00 PM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
Normal firebricks are pretty hard. Are you sure you have a refractory brick ?

bluecrow 06-22-2012 07:05 PM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
Thanks for the reply. The question seems silly, but many of the bricks are softer than others. They are scratching as they are moved when there is some sand between bricks. I went back to look at the stock at the yard and they are yellow, medium to light duty refractory brick. -more clay than crystal. Many pallets have been there awhile.
I culled the harder, less brittle ones for the floor.

Don

bluecrow 07-09-2012 06:23 AM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
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I moved my hearth slab to a better stand and location, set FB board and leveled the floor. I am planning the 3rd and 4th courses and am noting a 1/4" inward overlap at the center of the brick relative to the IT. I do not notice this in the many build images. I would think that a lot of turbulence would result, or that the final dome height would exceed the floor radius if I move each brick out a bit.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Don

vtsteve 07-09-2012 02:56 PM

Re: 36" Pompeii build in NY
 
It's hard to tell from the small photo, but the pivot of your tool (the caster axle) looks like it's halfway up the angle iron 'arm', and the bracket on the brick end is a little deeper than half the brick. For everything to align correctly, a straight line from the pivot should fall on the center of the brick, at a 90 degree angle. The way your tool is set up, the 90 degree 'surface normal' is near the bottom edge of the brick face, so you'll get an error that results in the step that you're seeing. The fix is simple; add a shim between the brick and the bracket (or re-bend the bracket) so the center of the brick lands at the center of the angle-iron, in line with the pivot point at the center end.


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